Portland, Maine? Tim McGraw doesn’t know where it is. And he doesn’t want to know, either.
The country singer included a song, “Portland, Maine,” on his latest album, Sundown Heaven Town, which came out Tuesday.
It’s a breakup song in which McGraw laments that his love has left for Portland. During the chorus, he repeats the phrase “Portland, Maine: I don’t know where that is” and adds “I don’t want to know.”
Jessica Grondin, spokeswoman for the city, joked that that the person who broke his heart “made a good choice in coming to Portland.” She says the mayor will give him a tour, if he can find his way to Maine’s largest city.
McGraw is a heavyweight in his field. He has scored more than 50 top 10 hits on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart during the last 20 years, a mark that only five other acts have achieved. Sundown Heaven Town, his 13th studio album, was co-produced by McGraw and longtime collaborator Byron Gallimore.
On his new set, McGraw “stretches a little more than usual — and takes a few musical chances,” explains Billboard’s Chuck Dauphin. And on “Portland, Maine,” Dauphin has this to say: “There’s a bit of a weathered side to McGraw that we don’t know if he could have pulled off quite as effectively on his first couple of records. It’s a powerful lyric about a man who is caught between what is easier and what is the right thing to do. Could be in the running for the CMA single of the year in 2015?”